In eight years, we have planted approximately 8,000 trees: endemic subtropical rain forest trees as well as fruit and nut trees; including koala food trees with the help of various local environmental organisations.
Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery and Vipassana Retreat Centre was founded in 2006 by Venerable Pannyavaro (Pannya) an Australian monk of over 30 years service.
Pannyavaro spent many years studying and practicing in Burma and Sri Lanka and received higher ordination in the Thai tradition. He is better known as the founder and webmaster of the websites: BuddhaNet.net www.buddhanet.net, World Buddhist Directory: www.buddhanet.info/wbd/ Buddhist eLibrary: www.buddhistelibrary.org
At Bodhi Tree we are working on developing a meditation community to serve both lay and monastic practitioners on ninety-five acres of beautiful land at Tullera ten minutes from Lismore in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Australia. This land has been purchased as a sanctuary and hermitage – known as Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery and Vipassana Retreat Centre.
Please watch this video showing an artists impression of how the Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery and Community Retreat Complex will look when it is finished Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery & Retreat Complex from bodhitree on Vimeo. Our good news is that after a prolonged process we have been granted permission by the local authority to build a Vipassana retreat complex at Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery and Community Retreat Centre! Over seven years, having developed the infrastructure and monastery base we can now go ahead with the construction of retreat facilities for forty-five meditators at a time from around Australia and Internationally.
Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery (located 10 minutes from Lismore, NSW) is seeking three lay supporters to help with administrative and general operations of the Centre.In return, volunteers will be offered free accommodation in a peaceful and natural setting, conducive for meditation practice. Please note: anyone applying for either role are asked to attend the 6:00 am – 7:00 am group meditation.